Perfect Escape

Perfect Escape

Book - 2012
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Seventeen-year-old Kendra, living in the shadow of her brother's obsessive-compulsive disorder, takes a life-changing road trip with him.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316185578
Branch Call Number: YF
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 05, 2017

Kendra is a teenage girl living with her brother, Grayson, who is diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Anything Kendra accomplishes seems like nothing when everybody always has their attention towards Grayson. The only way she can stand out next to her brother is if she does everything perfectly and correct. Perfect grades, perfect style and being the perfect sister. But one day, a cheating scandal that Kendra is a part of gets exposed and can potentially ruin her chances of being accepted into her dream college. Kendra cannot take more of this perfection pressure, so she decides to put her hands on her steering wheel, with Grayson asleep beside her, and drives away from all her problems. However, during the road-trip, Kendra and Grayson realize that although their lives are much different, they have a lot more in common than they thought.
This novel was very emotional and I seriously got sucked into the book. It felt as though I was a part of their road trip. I truly enjoyed the novel and it felt very real and natural. 4.5/5 stars
- @CaptainBook of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ChristchurchLib Jul 02, 2013

"Feeling overshadowed by her older brother Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines, Kendra is driven to perfectionism until her reputation is tarnished by a cheating scandal that compels her to flee with her troubled sibling at her side." July 2013 Teen Scene newsletter

Jun 10, 2013

This story was interesting and well-told with plenty of emotional decision-making and cross-country adventure. It was interesting to peer into the life of someone with OCD and someone who has to live with them.


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Jun 10, 2013

"Wouldn't that be awesome to come home with a giant T. rex head as a souvenir?"

Grayson rolled his eyes at me. "You can't just go find a dinosaur head," he answered. "It's not like they're lying on the side of the road waiting for someone to pick one up as a souvenir."

"How do you know?"

"Well, for starters, when they dug up the ground to lay the highway, they probably would have already found it."

"Maybe. You don't know."

He glared at me. "I do know. It's called logic. You're not going to find a dinosaur head out here."

"If I got out and found one, you'd feel like a real idiot right now," I countered. "How do you think the first guy who found a dinosaur head found it? By getting down on the ground and looking."

"Good luck. And it's called a skull, by the way. Not a head. And a T. rex skull would be way too big to take home as a souvenir."

"You have no imagination, Grayson."

"But I have logic."


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